Did you know we run a DBS checking service for voluntary and community groups?
Now is a time when many organisations are finding themselves with new volunteers to process, and our helpful team would like to reassure you that our service is open and running as usual, welcoming any applications for new or existing staff re-checks.
A DBS certificate has no expiry date as the status of a certificate could change the day after it is issued we therefore encourage organisations to make sure they re-check their paid staff and volunteers every 2-3 years. There is no set guidance from the DBS on how often re-checks should be done, so it is up to you to decide the frequency.
Please note that currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic the DBS have issued new guidance on checking ID documents for your staff. This can now be done without having to see the documents in person via scanning or via video link. You can find our recently updated guidance on this here. Please do not send the copies of documents to us with the application form as we do not need to see them, just complete the back of the request form to inform us of what ID has been seen as you would normally. Please ensure that you still follow the advice on gov.uk around checking identity documents for indicators of fraud.
If you need more application forms, just email us using the email address below or give us a call.
If your staff need a re-check and they are registered for the DBS update service, re-checks can be done direct with the DBS online via their website. Please make sure that the level of check you require for the applicant has not changed since the last check – if it has you will need to complete a new application form.
Anyone who was booked onto the DBS information session on 21 May will have already been contacted by our DBS team to let them know it has been cancelled and we will set up a new date in the future. We are still here to help with any queries or questions either by email or phone so please do get in touch.
DBS@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or phone 01904 704177.